NVIDIA devs regularly sneak away to play Smash Bros. in office gaming room

“People love Nintendo. People would come for the studio, and stay for Smash. More than once I’ve been gaming, looked up and it’s midnight, and there’s one of the security guards, and it’s like ‘Hey, here’s one of the security guards checking in on us again.’”" - .Matthew DeNovio, the NVIDIA Super Smash Bros. club’s founder and organizer

While the group had humble beginnings, it has now grown to 40 members, all of which are tucked away inside the walls of NVIDIA. It's not so much a secret room, but that's the moniker the room has taken on over the years. Pretty great to see that even with all these devs working on various graphics chips and gaming-related tech, they still have a love of just playing games.

Park in Florida asks to have their Pokémon GO PokéStops removed

Ballast Point Park in Tampa, Florida is a hotspot for Pokémon GO activity. Lots of Pokémon to catch, lots of PokéStops to visit. This has brought in a lot of foot traffic, and it seems this rush is causing some trouble for the surrounding neighborhoods. It's also caused an official request to have the park's PokéStops removed.

“We’re consistently responding to complaints about large crowds gathering when the park is closed. The crowds are also affecting traffic, so not only are we dispersing hundreds of people we’re also re-routing traffic to ease congestion in the neighborhood We want people to enjoy the game, but we want them to do it when the park is open." - Tampa police spokeswoman Janelle McGregor

Just last week, there was an incident in the park that ended with a young man being tased by police, all because he wouldn't leave the park after it was closed. No word on Niantic as far as the request goes.

Citizens of Earth returns to 3DS eShop

Remember when Citizens of Earth was removed from the 3DS eShop due to a vulnerability that let it run unsigned code? Well it looks like those days are over. The game has returned to the 3DS eShop and can once again be downloaded/purchased. Certainly took awhile to return, didn't it?!

Report says Pokémon GO bringing in $10 million a day, actually helping other apps

The following report blurb comes from intelligence firm App Annie...

The Pokémon GO phenomenon is showing little sign of losing steam. The app continues to earn daily revenue of over $10 million on iOS and Google Play combined, even though it has been over three weeks since its initial launch. Because of its unprecedented success, we have received numerous inquiries from our customers about its effect on revenue and user engagement of other leading apps and games.

Interestingly, it appears that Pokémon GO’s impact has been largely additive to the app economy. More importantly, it has given app developers a blueprint for increasing engagement with their users and opening up new revenue opportunities.

Full report here

Gamescom - More details on the Zelda: Breath of the Wild demo opportunity

- won't be publicly playable
- only selected Nintendo fans will be able to get to play the E3 demo in a special area
- participate in contest to have a chance to play
- draw a picture, make a photo of your Zelda collection or your Zelda costume
- only 50 people will be selected as winners
- only people living in Germany, Switzerland or Austria are allowed to participate

Yooka-Laylee's music will change depending on your environment

I mean, that's a staple of RARE games, and you can bet that Playtonic wants to continue that traditional. It's a little bit of charm that creates the overall fantastic picture! Glad to see the element is returning.

Pokemon GO gives bump to entire brand in Italy

- Pokémon Sun and Moon pre-orders are the biggest in the history of the series
- in the month of July (4th to 24th, 2016) Pokémon games and 3DS hardware increased by 59% and 33% respectively

01. Pokémon Alpha Sapphire + 71%
02. Pokémon Omega Ruby + 69%
03. Pokémon X + 52%
04. Pokémon Y + 89%
05. Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon + 8%